Interim Management Statement
Quarterly update for the three months ended 31 December 20161
Dominic Taylor, PayPoint’s Chief Executive, said: “I am pleased that we have successfully concluded the sale of the mobile payments business and the new arrangement for our parcel service, Collect+. Following completion of the restructuring, our focus is now wholly on the development of our retail business, including the rollout of our new terminal PayPoint One and the development of advanced EPoS incorporating stock management and ordering, which we expect to launch in the first quarter of next year. We are also continuing with initiatives to improve service and process efficiencies. We continue to grow profitably in Romania.
Trading for the quarter was in line with our expectations with continued growth in retail services. PayPoint One and EPoS continue to be well received.”
Performance2 for the third quarter period ending 31 December 2016
Group: Retail network transactions increased marginally to 175.6 million transactions and net revenue3 grew 6.7% to £33.3 million contrasting with overall transaction decline from 225.4 million to 185.9 million and net revenue up 0.2% at £35 million, caused by the sale of Online Payments on 8 January 2016 and Mobile Payments on 23 December 2016. Transaction volume from retail services was up by 11.8%, with strong growth from parcels (20.1%) and card payments (11.9%). Bill and general transactions increased 1.3%, excluding a reduction in cash-out transactions, resulting from the two year government electricity rebate scheme, which benefitted prior periods.
UK and Ireland Retail: Retail services transactions continued to grow, up 11.7% helped by parcel volumes which increased to over 7.2 million transactions, and card payment transactions which increased to 22.7 million transactions in the period. The Collect+ network expanded since the half year end by 140 to 6,100 sites. Despite the smart meter rollout delays and lower energy consumption, bill and general transactions were only 0.4% down (excluding the impact of the government electricity rebate scheme, but including this, transactions were 3.6% down). Top-up transactions fell by 13.8% as the prepaid mobile sector continued to contract. Prepaid mobile top-ups are now only 7% of total UK and Ireland transactions. Retail sites at 31 December 2016 numbered 29,178, up by 205 since the half year end.
Romania: 17.2 million bill payments were processed in the period, up 12.6% on last year. Top-ups increased by 13.5% and retail services by over 28.7%. Our terminal estate increased since the half year end by 393 to 11,055 sites and continued to add new clients.
Balance sheet at 31 December 2016
The group had net cash of £92.5 million (30 September: £49.6 million), after the payment of the interim dividend of £10.2 million (2016: £9.7 million) and the additional dividend of £8.3 million in the period. The cash balance includes the proceeds from the sale of Mobile of £26.5 million, which we subsequently paid out as a dividend to shareholders on 11 January 2017. Cash collected on behalf of clients over the Christmas period was settled from 3 January 2017 and as a consequence, the balance held in respect of short term client settlement obligations was £38.0 million (30 September: £15.4 million), which is included in cash balances.
PayPoint plc (telephone: 01707 600 317) Finsbury (telephone: 0207 2513 801)
Dominic Taylor, Chief Executive Rollo Head
George Earle, Finance Director Andy Parnis
1 This announcement contains insider information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.
2. PayPoint’s auditors have not been requested to review the performance or financial position.
3. Net revenue is revenue less the costs incurred by PayPoint which are recharged to clients and merchants. These costs include retail agent commission, cost of mobile top-ups and SIM cards (where PayPoint is principal) and merchant service charges for card payments and call centre costs (for the mobile payments business). Net revenue is a measure which the directors believe assists with a better understanding of the underlying performance of the group.